Should Fraternities and Sororities Be Banned?

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It seems as though every year brings about new stories of fraternities and sororities engaging in dangerous behavior that results in physical, emotional, and potentially fatal consequences. This month has been a truly awful one for Greek life around the country as a number of colleges and universities have punished Greek institutions by either banning them, forcing them to go co-ed, or simply suspending all Greek life on campus. Fraternities and sororities have a very mixed reputation that have both good and bad things about them and even some alumni see them in a mixed light. The questions remains whether Greek life is going to see a country-wide ban and how it might affect higher education institutions with storied history behind some of the houses.

Sororities and fraternities are best known in the public for binge-drinking and hazing incidents that frequently send students to the hospital but that also sometimes result in death. While many sororities and fraternities have strong undercurrents of familial bonds and community service, it’s very simple to say that the majority are used as places where students can get drunk and party with each other. While Greek institutions were started off as a way to improve school life, community life, and personal life through community service and brother/sisterhood, the original messages have been corrupted and founding members wouldn’t recognize the racist, sexist, violent, and alcoholic institutions that have replaced them. Many universities hold on to Greek life for the history the houses impart and the generous alumni donations that they bring in but there eventually comes a point when you need to realize that the toxic environment that accompanies Greek life is too much. Between rapes, sexual assaults, brawls, overdoses, and deaths, it might be time to either institute a culture-wide change (perhaps taking lessons from the founding statements and the Greek houses and chapters that still believe in community service and respect for all) or ban them altogether. Either way, something needs to be done before more people get hurt.

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Volunteers Step Forward to Ease Ebola Doctor Shortage

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Part of the reason that ebola has been spreading so quickly out of control is due to the fact that doctors and those best equipped to lead the charge have been, understandably, afraid of getting sick and dying. After this period of horror, the sense of fear seems to be changing and there has been a sudden resurgence in the number of people volunteering to care for the sick and fight the disease in Africa. The new volunteers are joining the fight as organizations such as the World Bank and the Gates Foundation are pouring money into western Africa so that supplies can be bought and so that the US Army can begin building a number of field hospitals so that there is more access to treatment. Even though there is a sudden influx of volunteers, experts are still saying that it will be a long time before all of the field hospitals will be fully staffed to the point that they can work at full efficiency.

One of the reasons that the lack of volunteers this summer is an issue is because of the time that it takes to train volunteers to properly be able to help with ebola while minimizing the danger that they face. A 100-bed hospital needs around 400 staff, of which 40 are doctors and nurses, to run properly and those numbers just aren’t there at all. With 600 new cases of ebola being recorded each week, it will be a long time before the hospitals will be able to adequately face the number of people that are sick. The 600 new cases a week are simply those that are brought to official attention. With the rate doubling every three weeks and with potentially hundreds of other cases going unreported, the fight to stem and then eradicate ebola is going to be long, hard, and more people will die.

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Are You Crafty? by


Sorority members throughout the land are finding their inner Martha Stewart, crafting elaborate gift baskets, appliqueing Greek letters, baking personalized treats, decking out rooms. We invite you to share your handmade creations with the Education Life section. Selected readers’ photos will be published.

Published: September 9, 2014 at 4:00AM

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